Reflection: Lesson Planning Changing Matter: Day Two of Nahari Has The Solution! - Section 5: Reflection & Closure


Academic Vocabulary is the lynchpin of any content area of instruction.  If students cannot speak the language of the discipline, then they are severely hampered in engaging in the activities of that discipline.  Simply introducing unit vocabulary, and asking students to write sentences (traditional) or draw pictures (non-linguistic representations - more "vocabulary forward" thinking") isn't enough for many of our English Language Learners and "low academic language" students.  These students need hands-on experiences in which vocabulary is used in a functional way, is reinforced in social contexts, and is validated through meaning and discourse.  

Helpful resources that have assisted me in implementing meaningful vocabulary instruction and integrating its use in academic discourse are the texts - Academic Conversations:  Classroom Talk That Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings by Jeff Zwiers, and Building Academic Vocabulary by Robert J. Marzano.

  Planning For Academic Vocabulary & Discussion
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Changing Matter: Day Two of Nahari Has The Solution!

Unit 1: What's The Matter Plaid Pete?
Lesson 20 of 22

Objective: SWBAT identify substances based on their properties.

Big Idea: How do scientists use the properties of matter to identify substances? Students identify the crystals that result from their evaporation test, and use their knowledge of the properties of matter to try to categorize a new substance.

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Science, Science Vocabulary, science notebooks
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2014 11 04 14 21 47
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